A boxer, a singer, a legend. Lionel Rose a true Aussie hero has passed away at the age of 62. At a time when some States still weren’t allowing aborigines to vote, Rose flew to Japan to fight Japanese boxer Fighting Harada for the World Bantamweight title. He won, becoming the first Aboriginal to win a world title. On his return over 100,000 people lined the streets of Melbourne to greet their newest Australian sporting hero. Rose was made Australian of The Year. Rose was also was one of the first sporting identities to make a stand against apartheid. Offered big bucks to fight in South Africa he turned it down because he would have to go there as an honorary “white”. Rose wasn’t too bad on vocals either, recording two hit songs I Thank You and Please Remember Me in the 70’s. In 1996, Rose presented young burns-attack victim Tjandamurra O’Shane (who had been horrifically attacked) with his world-title belt, hoping to speed the youngster’s recovery. Sadly, his health deteriorated following a stroke in 2007 . RIP Lionel Rose.
Tag Archives: hero
Feel good story of the week…. a man who shat his pants in grade school goes on the win a Purple Heart
A big shout out to British soldier Lance Corporal Luke Reeson who was shot in the face by the Taliban but simply spat out the bullet and walked 2 miles for medical help. The bullet evidently bounced off his body armor went up his lower cheek (breaking his jaw) before ending up in his mouth. Reeson is expected to make a full recovery.
Destiny Flores is one lucky baby after she wandered out of her parents house in San Antonio and plonked herself right smack in the middle of the road. Fortunately the bus driver, Mike Hubbard,who was zooming along at the time, slammed on the brakes just in time to avoid making little baby road kill.